Jonnie Peacock

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Jonnie Peacock
MBE
Jonnie Peacock (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Born (1993-05-28) 28 May 1993 (age 20)
Cambridge, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Sport
Country  United Kingdom
Sport Running
Event(s) Sprints (100m)
Updated on 23 July 2013.

Jonathan Peacock, MBE (born 28 May 1993) is an English amputee and sprint runner.[1][2][3] He won gold at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, representing Great Britain in the T44 men's 100 metres event.

Biography[edit]

Born in Cambridge,[4] aged five he contracted meningitis resulting in the disease killing the tissues of his right leg. His leg was amputated below the knee.[5] Wanting to play football, he was directed to a Paralympic sports talent day when he asked about disability sport at the hospital that fitted his prosthetic leg.[6] His mother would carry him to school when his stump was too sore to wear his prosthetic leg.[7] Jonnie refers to his stump as his 'sausage leg'.[8]

Peacock ran his first international race at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in May 2012.[6] In June 2012 Peacock set a new 100 metres world record in amputee sprinting at the United States Paralympic track and field trials, recording a time of 10.85 seconds to beat the previous record held by Marlon Shirley by 0.06 seconds.[9] This record was beaten in July 2013 at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships at the Stade du Rhône in Lyon when American athlete Richard Browne recorded a time of 10.83 in the T44 100m semi-finals.[10]

At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Peacock won the 100m T44 final with a time of 10.90 seconds, claiming the gold and the Paralympic record in the process.[11] The win made his coach, Dan Pfaff, the only man to have coached 100m gold medalists in both the Olympics and the Paralympics; Pfaff coached Canada's Donovan Bailey, the gold medalist in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.[12]

Honours[edit]

Peacock was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Athletes: Jonnie Peacock, Channel 4, retrieved 25 August 2010 
  2. ^ ‘You only live once so make the most of it . . .’, Cambride News, retrieved 25 August 2010 .
  3. ^ Jonnie Peacock pride at Cup performance, BBC Sport, 26 May 2010, retrieved 25 August 2010 .
  4. ^ "Jonnie Peacock's Doddington home 'over the moon' at win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Morton, Emma. "I lost my leg aged five... now I’m 1.9secs behind Usain Bolt". www.thesun.co.uk. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Alexandra Topping (24 August 2012). "London Paralympics: introducing Jonnie Peacock, GB's top 100m hope". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Paralympic sprinter Jonnie Peacock and his refusal to accept defeat". Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "My champion son Jonnie Peacock: Mum Linda reveals his amazing journey from childhood meningitis to Paralympics Gold". Parentdish. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Jonnie Peacock knocks 0.06 seconds off 100m world record". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Hudson, Elizabeth (22 July 2013). "IPC Athletics: Hannah Cockroft secures sprint double in Lyon". BBC News Disability Sport. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Paralympics 2012: Jonnie Peacock wins gold in T44 100m". Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  12. ^ Andy Bull (6 September 2012). "Paralympics 2012: Jonnie Peacock breaks record to win gold in T44 100m". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 25. 29 December 2012.
  14. ^ "2013 New Year's Honours". Retrieved 29 December 2012.